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Debate on stakes of democratic transition in Tunisia

Published the:  17/03/2011

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March. 17, 2011 -TAP - Components of Tunisian civil society launched, on Friday in Tunis, a political debate on the conditions and means for a successful democratic transition.
"Beyond the transition process, which is still fragile, a new page in Tunisia's history is being written," underlined the Chairman of the International Human Rights Federation (FIDH) in his introductory speech to the works of a seminar on the democratic transition in Tunisia, organised in association with the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (REMDH).
"We should protect the Revolution from any form of sliding and manipulation," stressed Interim Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi, recalling that there are "red lines" which crossing should "not be tolerated."
He stressed, in particular, the notions of State, independence of justice, freedom of information, preservation of human rights, repudiation of violence and emancipation of women which, Mr. Caid Essebsi assured, he will defend "as long as I head this government."
Transition to democracy should take into consideration "respect of liberties," specified, in turn, Mokhtar Trifi, Chairman of the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH) who pointed out that "freedoms could not be delayed. Any Government that does not take this into account will not be tolerated."
The three-day works are to focus on the stakes of a "successful" democratic transition, pluralism of information and public debate and the role of civil society.